» 06/15/2012, 00.00
Hunan authorities reopen Li Wangyang's case: it was not suicide
A provincial spokesman confirms that domestic and international public opinion "convinced" the authorities to ask for the help of a team of experts to shed light on the death of the dissident who was found hanging under police guard. However, the body was cremated right after the death. Dissident Hu Jia, who was arrested for making public the affair, was released soon after.
To commemorate the 4 June massacre, China arrests other dissidents
Ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, many activists and democrats have been put under house arrest or have disappeared. Since February, Beijing has arrested hundreds of dissidents, fearing Jasmine Revolution-style protests.
More than 30,000 suicides in Japan in 2007
Recently released police figures show that last year 33,093 people committed suicide in Japan. It was the tenth consecutive year in which the suicide rate topped the 30,000 mark. Increasingly people use pesticides to poison themselves.
Chinese dissidents launch petition to find the truth about Li Wangyang's "suicide"
A labour activist since the early 1980s, Li was found hanging on Wednesday. He spent 23 years in prison for his involvement with the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement and was under police watch when he died.
China, one of the Tiananmen Square leaders hanged under surveillance
Family and friends of Li Wangyang, trade unionist and leader of 1989 democracy protests, point to the police who instead speak of "suicide". The man has spent 21 years in prison, and last month he said: "I will never set aside my desire for democracy and the rule of law in China." In prison he had been systematically tortured by the police.
Man who defaced Mao's portrait freed after 17 years
The man, a young journalist when he was arrested in 1989, was released yesterday. He was charged and jailed with two friends. At least 70 other people are still in prison from the 1989 protests.
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